Wild Mushroom Workshop and Field Trip

Mission & Vision

This introductory wild mushroom identification workshop includes an online workshop AND a field trip on Saturday Oct. 30 from 10am-12pm

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wild-mushroom-workshop-and-field-trip-tickets-175846049267

By registering for this course, you are committing to BOTH the Wednesday Oct. 27, 7-8:30 pm zoom workshop AND the Saturday Oct. 30, 10-12 in person, outdoor workshop. (Location to be announced, but will be in the greater Victoria BC area)

This workshop will cover essential elements of mushroom biology, uses and ID. Students are welcome to bring mushrooms to the in person Saturday session for identification and discussion.

Instructors and mushroom experts Andy MacKinnon and Kem Luther provide a fun and accessible approach to mushroom identification in the Victoria area and beyond.

COST: $40 for both sessions or $35 for members of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society. Use code Member at checkout.

Two notes from the Instructors:

1. If you have a favourite mushroom identification book, please bring it. If you are considering purchasing an identification book, we highly recommend the brand-new Royal BC Museum Handbook "Mushrooms of BC" (which is available at local bookstores and at the Swan Lake Nature House gift shop). (Disclaimer: we're the authors!)

2. If possible for some students, please bring along their laptops with a free program called 'MycoMatch' on it. Download here: https://www.mycomatch.com/. It's a terrific tool for mushroom identification, and one we'll demonstrate in the classroom.

Migratory Bird Day


Sing, Fly, Soar, like a Bird!  

#WMBD2021 #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #MigratoryBirds

World Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, October 9th 2021, but the celebrations continue all week long here at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary!

Find a colouring sheet for each species below. We would love to see your art and hear about what you are learning.






Erica and Wrinkles II The Western Painted Turtle

Two FREE Online Nature Programs!

Follow the rain into the Swan Lake watershed on Vancouver Island to learn about our personal choices that impact our water, the vital role of wetlands in a climate crisis, and the diverse plant and animal life that this ecosystem supports!

Join Program Naturalist, Erica Van Dyk, (and a wetland reptilian guest!) for a fun, interactive presentation all about watersheds and wetlands! Tune in as an individual, as a family, or with your whole classroom! This program is designed for ages 8-16, and anyone else excited to learn about water!


Register via the links for:

May 4th 2021 10:30-11:30am: http://www.sciod.ca/event/2715/

May 13th 2021 1pm-2pm: http://www.sciod.ca/event/2716/


#SciOd #STEAM #ScienceActivities #AtHomeScience #SwanLakeNature


Turtle Talk with Erica: March 17th, 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join program naturalist, Erica Van Dyk, to learn all about turtles! With help from Wrinkles, a Western painted turtle, we'll learn all about these amazing aquatic reptiles, their habitat, and their important role in the wetlands!


Invertebrate Investigation with Kalene: March 24th 2021 11:00am-12:00pm

Join program naturalist, Kalene Lillico, to learn all about the fascinating world of invertebrates! These creatures lack a backbone but make up more than 95% of the animals on our planet! Kalene will lead you on a pond exploration to see the diversity of these small and mighty animals hiding in plain sight. A few unique eight-legged special guests may make an appearance as well. Bring an open mind and your curiosity!


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